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Boric acid, also called boracic acid or orthoboric acid is a mild acid often used as an insecticide, flame retardant, in nuclear power plants to control the fission rate of uranium and as a precursor of other chemical compounds. It exists in the form of colorless crystals or a white powder and dissolves in water. It has the Chemical formula H3BO3, sometimes written B(OH)3. When occurring as a mineral, it is called sassolite.
Boric Acid Powder is often used as a relatively nontoxic insecticide, for killing cockroaches, termites, ants, fleas and many other insects. It can be used directly in powdered form for fleas and cockroaches, or mixed with sugar or grape jelly for ants. It is also a component of many commercial insecticides. In this use, especially in the case of cockroaches, the boric acid in the form of a powder is applied to areas frequented by the insects. As an insecticide, boric acids mechanism of action is not fully known- it may involve destruction of the foregut lining of cockroaches, possibly causing starvation. Boric Acid Powder for this use in residential apartments is sold commercially in urban areas afflicted with cockroaches. Click here - A study on the effectiveness of Boric Acid Powder against Cockroaches
In the jewelry industry, boric acid is often used in combination with denatured alcohol to reduce surface oxidation and fire scale from forming on metals during annealing and soldering operations.
It is also used in the manufacturing of remming mass, a fine silica-containing powder used for producing induction furnace linings and ceramics.
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Borates including boric acid have been used since the time of the Greeks for cleaning, and other activities. Silly Putty was originally made by adding boric acid to silicone oil. Now name-brand Silly Putty also contains significant amounts of elemental silicone (silicon binds to the silicone and allows the material to bounce 20% higher).
It is used in pyrotechnics to prevent the amide-forming reaction between aluminum and nitrates. A small amount of boric acid is added to the composition to neutralize alkaline amides that can react with the aluminium. Boric acid is popularly used among fire jugglers and fire spinners dissolved in methylated spirit to give a bright green flame.